The Popularity of WordPress for WebSites

| December 13, 2012

As of March 2012, 72.4 million websites use WordPress

By the end of 2011, an estimated 20-25% of new websites were built using WordPress

In 2011, 14.7% of the top 1,000,000 websites in the world used WordPress (a sampling: Honda, the NFL, the New York Times, Ford, CNN, Harvard Law School, BBC Top Gear, TechCrunch and National Geographic)

WordPress 3.3 has been downloaded over 12 million times. This 3.3 version of the software was released on 12 December 2011, making that an average figure of 105,263 downloads per day. WordPress 3.5 was just released.

WordPress holds over 50% of the market share for Content Management Systems. Over half of all webmasters using any kind of CMS have chosen WordPress. Joomla, the closest competitor to WordPress in terms of popularity, holds just over 9% of the CMS market. Drupal sits in third place with 7%.

There are over 19,000 plugins freely available in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Altogether, these plugins have been downloaded over 285,000,000 times, or nearly one download for every citizen of the United States.

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Category: InfoGraphics, WordPress